RTA Presenting The Road to Zero Energy at 2022 Healthcare Design Conference
If you're attending next month's Healthcare Design Expo + Conference in San Antonio, be sure to add our session to your agenda! The Road to Zero Energy will identify strategies that led to Pueblo Community Health Center's new East Side Clinic becoming the first emerging Zero Energy outpatient facility in Colorado.
Monday, October 10th, 3:45 pm
Session Number E54, Room 304BC
Pueblo Community Health Center East Side Clinic Tops Out
It’s that topping-out time of year! We were so happy to celebrate with Pueblo Community Health Center during the topping-out of the East Side Clinic. This new clinic will serve patients on Pueblo’s east side with a full range of healthcare services and is the first Emerging Zero Energy outpatient healthcare clinic in Colorado according to the New Buildings Institute (NBI). Video courtesy of Pueblo Community Health Center and JSB Cinema.
Pueblo Community Health Center’s East Side Clinic Construction Progress
Check out this time-lapse of the ongoing progress on the new Pueblo Community Health Center's East Side Clinic. The structural steel and stair/elevator towers are now in place for the three-story 63,000 sf clinic, which is also the first Emerging Zero Energy outpatient healthcare clinic in the state of Colorado according to the New Buildings Institute (NBI), with extensive natural light, a tight building envelope, fiberglass windows, PV arrays, exterior sun shades, and energy-efficient equipment. The East Side Clinic is expected to open in October 2021.
Pueblo Community Health Center East Side Clinic Pursuit of Zero Energy Featured in Colorado Real Estate Journal Health Care Quarterly
A recent piece in the Colorado Real Estate Journal’s Health Care Quarterly highlighted the Pueblo Community Health Center's East Side Clinic project’s pursuit of Zero Energy. The building design will ensure the new clinic has a reduced carbon footprint and high energy performance. Check out the article here.
Pueblo Community Health Center Breaks Ground for New East Side Clinic
Congratulations to our partners at Pueblo Community Health Center for the recent groundbreaking of their new East Side Clinic! Expected to open in 2021, this new clinic will provide much-needed health care services, conveniently located in one building, to serve the large amount of PCHC patients on Pueblo’s East side.
St. Mary-Corwin Covid Facility Completed
Thanks to the tireless work of countless construction and trade partners putting in many long days over the last three weeks of construction, the Covid-19 Alternative Care Facility at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, CO was completed on May 11th. The project provides 121 patient beds for lower acuity Covid-19 patients by retrofitting two empty floors at the East patient tower. A complex HVAC system was necessary to transform the patient rooms to negative pressure isolation rooms. Visible scaffolding supports the exhaust and supply ductwork as can be seen in the image below.
Design features implemented to improve staff safety and patient care include a zoned pressurization approach. A pressurized “clean zone” was provided to offer vertical circulation for staff arrival, staff lockers, staff breakroom, security offices and the hospital command center.
This project is a huge achievement in pandemic response thanks to our partners, Mortenson Construction, Cator Ruma and Associates, MGA Structural Engineers, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St Mary-Corwin Hospital , Centura Health, and countless others.
First Look at the Pueblo Community Health Center’s New East Side Clinic
Get a first look at the new East Side Clinic for Pueblo Community Health Center! Set to open in 2021, this innovative clinic will feature a full range of medical services in a bright open clinic for Pueblo's East side. Its pursuit of Zero Energy design makes it the first healthcare clinic of its kind in Pueblo and in the state of Colorado.
A ten-year dream becomes a reality at Swallows Charter Academy
Swallows Charter Academy, home of the Spartans, is a K-12 school located in Pueblo West, Colorado. For ten long years, students, staff, and community members have dreamed of having an on-campus gym built for the charter school, and this dream became a reality in time for school to begin this fall. RTA Architects is honored to have worked so closely with SCA staff and community members from the surrounding area to help accomplish this dream.
On September 10th, Dr. Cindy Compton, SCA Director, led a long-anticipated ribbon cutting for the opening of their new gymnasium, locker rooms, and a kitchen and commons area. Important staff and community members, such as SCA Board of Directors member Mr. Mason Young, SCA Building Corporation member Mrs. Liz Lutz-Essenburg, Director of School Services Mrs. Katheryn Meyer, and Project Manager at H.W. Houston Construction Mark Taravella, attended the event. Compton pointed out that the kindergarteners, who so sweetly sat with ear-to-ear grins on their faces during the ceremony, would be the first class to have a sports facility for their entire school career.
The completion of this building is a huge accomplishment for SCA and many people are overjoyed to see it finished. However, students, staff, and members of the community look forward to the future as this project is only the first phase of a larger plan for the entire school. Swallows Charter will continue to pursue funding for further renovation of their educational building.
Swallows Charter Academy did not only gain a new facility in this process, but also a newfound sense of pride. The school as a whole now has a greater, fuller identity and students are proud to play sports on their home turf.
RTA staff members Allison Johnson and Alex Asmus participated in the event and were filled with red, white, and blue school spirit. RTA cannot wait to come back and cheer on the Spartans to victory!